Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) have a role to play in reducing pain and inflammation and are found in fish oils, krill oil, seaweeds, hemp seed oil, flax oil, evening primrose oil and borage (starflower) oil.
Glucosamine has been found by many arthritis sufferers, and people with sports injuries, to reduce pain and inflammation. Glucosamine is often combined with sulphur (MSM), which is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect, or Chondroitin, which is also found in the joint tissue and may help to repair joint damage.
Celery seed is also available in capsule form for those who don't like the taste of it as a food. Celery contains polyacetylene which helps reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout and luteolin which prevents inflammation from 'switching on' in the first place.
Turmeric capsules have become very popular as turmeric contains natural COX-2 inhibitors, like ginger, that help to relieve pain. Turmeric capsules should also contain piperine (from black pepper) to help absorption.
Rose hip seed extracts have also been proven in clinical trials to help arthritis sufferers. Buying the right one can be confusing as many rose hip preparations are made from the hip, discarding the seeds inside, and it is the seeds that contain the active phytochemicals.
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Napiers Joint Ability Herbal RemedyFor the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints.
Willow bark (Salix alba) contains natural salicylates from which aspirin is derived. It has both pain killing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Arnica (A. montana) is often used by athletes to reduce skin discolouration, swelling and pain after injuries.
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is renowned for its anti-inflammatory action.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is the included in many internal treatments for joint main, as it has a detoxifying and mildly laxative effect on the body.